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Eye Cream. I notice it makes a difference. When you get to my age, you will notice. I am trying to finish the La Mer eye cream…so I can get another Sisley, but I dont think wearing La Mer is beneficial.

I’d say lipstick (or any type of lip product), my lips are incredibly dry, and only very good products work well with them. Same with eyeliner, I only wear it on my lower rim, so if it’s bad quality it makes my eyes watery all day a leave me with raccoon eyes.

But you are right, applying foundation is like preparing a canvas, and I prefer my canvas to be as smooth as possible.

Honestly, I don’t scrimp on most products; most of my stash is higher-end makeup. If I’m going to get enjoyment out of a product, and the color/texture/formula suits me, and I can afford it, I’ll usually buy it. I tend to only buy higher end for concealer (most drugstores don’t go light enough for me) and foundation (with one exception).

I don’t go out of my way to necessarily go out of my way to scimp or splurge on any one product. If I *had* to pick one, I’d go with eyeshadow, although I have products from the lowest end of the spectrum. For me, it’s all about pigmentation, and while some DS brands don’t perform well on that end, many luxury brands don’t either; however, I also realize it’s not a “fault” with the product/brand, but often it is intentional. I’ve personally found many mid-range brands to be what I’m looking for (ie, UD, NARS, MUFE, etc), although I’m planning a 40-pan Inglot palette.

Eyeshadow! My eyes are super sensitive and drugstore eyeshadows really bother me, especially Maybelline and Almay!

I am so incredibly picky and critical of foundation products. I never hesitate to splurge. Finding everything you want in one product: coverage, colour, finish, longevity is a very individualized process and a big challenge. I think individual chemistry plays such a huge part in the success or failure of one product to the next that reading reviews can be completely subjective. You never know until you try it yourself. I love how HE brands have great quality products, but sometimes ridiculously limited colour choices. Conversely, some of the most diverse color offerings end up in acceptable to mediocre results. That just isn’t good enough for me. I have lots of foundations I like and very few I love.


I completely agree with you! After trying several foundations that ended up either oxidizing or completely fading away, I tend to splurge on higher end foundations that stay true to color and performance. I still haven’t found a drugstore foundation that’s completely problem me for my skin!

Pretty much the things I consider a staple, especially products that need to have longevity and still be comfortable to wear. This includes but not limited to foundation and red lipstick.

SKINCARE!! I think the most important thing is making sure your skin is looking its best… so that you don’t rely too much on makeup to do its wonders. I spend vast amounts on cleansers, serums, moisturizers, and get facials every 4 weeks. Glowing natural skin is priceless 😉

Concealer – years of adult acne/scarring amd melasma pigmentation patches on my forehead and cheekbones make this absolutely imperative. Fortunately, I have found my HG and even though I drop about $65NZD at a time, it lasts me at least two years (I buy 2 shades and custom mix) so it is well worth it!

Thin Lizzy Concealer Creme in Minx and Oriental Doll – I don’t know if it is avalable internationally (the main product in the Thin Lizzy brand is one of those 6-in-1 miracle powders, think infomercial type stuff) but it is a very pigmented, beeswax based product so it has great coverage and longevity… I did a review on makeupalley (embeth3) if you’re interested.

I did a quick check and it doesn’t look like it’s available in the US. Oh well, I’ll keep looking 🙂

Foundation and also facial sunscreen. I wish I could find a less expensive foundation that I can count on reliably to apply well and look good throughout the day but the one I know I can count on is Guerlain Lingerie de Peau so I’ll keep buying and using that. And having a facial sunscreen that isn’t greasy but has a high level of SPF and that works with my makeup is another place where I won’t skimp. Kiehl’s has a great one and Lise Watier makes an amazing (but somewhat pricey) product called Sun Smart that feels and works like a primer but has SPF of 40, I think.

Yiu may want to check out La Roche Posay;they have a sunscreen-moisturizer-primer combo that may suit you and cost less.

Lash primer! as of lately Ive been playing around with a lot of drugstore makeup, its not as bad now as I remember it used to be years ago BUT I refuse to budge from my Diorshow lash primer 🙂

I agree, I don’t mind paying more for a foundation, after all it is your second skin so it has to be perfect!

Mascara – I wear it even if I go out with nothing else on my face. I used Lancome’s L’Extreme Waterproof mascara, which I have just found out they have discontinued (I’m probably way behind the times on this one!) Now searching for a new, good waterproof mascara if there is any suggestions? I’m not a huge fan of their Hypnose range, especially for the price.

I’m in need of a good foundation that does everything you’ve just said above. I have normal to dry skin, what foundation would you recommend, Christine?

I’d be willing to scrimp on anything if the product performs well. I usually buy DiorShow mascara; I keep trying new drugstore mascaras, but I always come back to this because it works the best for me. I also have a prescription for Tretoin cream (generic Retin-A) that I buy every other month; it runs about $60. There’s just no adequate OTC substitute for it. It used to be $100 for a two-month supply, but it keeps getting cheaper! 😉

I used to use DiorSkin and Laura Mercier Silk Foundations. Lately, I’ve been using Maybelline Fit Me or Dream Smooth Mousse. If I had to I’d go back to more expensive foundation, but you’re right, Christine–drugstore brands HAVE been stepping up their quality!

Moisturizer! Makeup looks horrible over patchy or super oily skin so having the right product to balance out my combo skin is essential. Right now I’m loving the Lancome Bienfait Aqua Vital Continuous Infusing Moisturizer Cream. I had to google the entire name, its so long LOL

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